Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the arrest of Jason Brian Goff (42, Starke) on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted production of child pornography. If convicted, Goff faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to 30 years, in federal prison and a potential life term of supervised release.
According to the complaint, beginning on July 24, 2018, Goff was employed as a custodian at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs. On August 22, 2019, two 14-year-old female students reported a suspected camera in an unassigned, locked locker in the girls’ gym locker room. When school administrators unlocked the locker, they discovered a cellphone taped to the inside wall of the locker with the camera lens pointed out of a pre-fabricated hole aimed at a changing area. As the school janitor, Goff had access to the area and the ability to unlock the type of locks on the locker containing the cellphone.
A forensic review of the cellphone revealed images and videos of high school girls changing in the locker room. At the end of one of the videos, the phone pans down and a Clay County School identification badge can be seen hanging from the waist of the person holding the phone. The photo on the badge matches the photo on Goff’s Clay County School identification badge. The cellphone also contained “selfie” photos of Goff and text messages from Goff’s phone number.
Goff’s detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m., before the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Klindt.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase.
It is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.